Over the summer, members of the American Association of Women Dentists (AAWD) at Tufts spent a night raising funds and awareness for cancer research through Relay For Life. AAWD member Meera Sahni (D16) summed up her eye-opening experience in a great reflection sent in to Dental Central.
"As I walked into clinic the following week, I thought about how easy it is to get wrapped up in the steps that you have to follow. The rapidity at which you can forget the significance of a patient’s medical history on their outlook and mindset when they leave your operatory is astonishing. We are encouraged from day one of our training to “treat the person” but attending Relay for Life has taught me that practicing this philosophy and understanding it are two different things. "
Read the rest of Meera's Reflection here!
Last spring, a group of 14 D17 students volunteered with the non-profit organization, Cradles to Crayons. Cradles to Crayons mission is to provide children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations throughout the Boston area, with the essential items they need to thrive whether at home, at school, or at play. Armed with 6 boxes of donated items, including a large donation of toothpaste graciously given by the oral medicine department, we arrived at the C2C warehouse Brighton, MA. We spent the next two hours sorting and organization clothes packet which would later provide children with enough outfits to last them a week. When all was said and done, we were able to produce 130 clothing packages to be distributed.
What surprised me most about the service was how willing every volunteer was to go above and beyond. We had to carry 6 boxes of donated goods all the way from the school to Brighton and everybody was more than willing to help carry a box along our journey that required a T ride, a bus ride, and a short walk. Everyone just wanted to help out. At the end, everyone expressed their interest to help out C2C again in the future.